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Federal Lawmakers Investigate Bus Safety Legislation

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A rash of deadly bus crashes is reigniting interest in federal bus safety legislation.

A Senate subcommittee is holding a hearing today that will examine bipartisan legislation requiring the government to act on longstanding bus safety recommendations.

The senators want to know why the Department of Transportation has been slow to implement the safety measures recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. Some of the recommendations were made more than a decade ago.

The NTSB has recommended requiring seatbelts for all passengers, windows and exits that are easier to open in the event of an emergency, and stronger roofs that aren't easily crushed or sheared off.

Earlier this month, a tour bus returning from Mohegan Sun casino veered off the New York State Thruway in the Bronx, toppled on its side and slid into a highway sign that sliced through the top of the bus, killing 15 people.

The driver of that bus, Ophadell Williams, has not been charged, but has been sued by two passengers.

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